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Incoherently combining logarithmic aspheric lenses for extended depth of field

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We describe a method for combining concentric logarithmic aspheric lenses in order to obtain an extended depth of field. Substantial improvement in extending the depth of field is obtained by carefully controlling the optical path difference among the concentric lenses so that their outputs combine incoherently. The system is analyzed through diffraction theory and the point spread function is shown to be highly invariant over a long range of object distances. After testing the image performance on a three-dimensional scene, we found that the incoherently combined logarithmic aspheres can provide a high-quality image over an axial distance corresponding to a defocus of ±14(λ/4). Studies of the images of two-point objects are presented to illustrate the resolution of these lenses.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

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